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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

My 1st Palaniuk....

Good book, amazing characters. Very, very disturbing stories. I loved it!

I have my favorites of course and so will you, each character tells his/her story, with a few characters telling more then one story a piece.

Saint Gut-Free "Guts" - hilarious and probably...
Good book, amazing characters. Very, very disturbing stories. I loved it!

I have my favorites of course and so will you, each character tells his/her story, with a few characters telling more then one story a piece.

Saint Gut-Free "Guts" - hilarious and probably the most digusting story you'll ever read

Director Denial "Exodus" - brilliant, brilliant writing

Chef Assassin "Product Placement" - love this one

Tess Clark "Post-Production", "The Nightmare Box" - this story still haunts me

If you like, gruesome, graphic and sexually charged disturbing literature, you just found it!

posted by SavageBS on February 21, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The Cube meets Saw. Gory, interesting, but not spectacular

This was my first Palahniuk. I had heard that this book was incredibly disturbing and was, of course, intrigued. The book was disturbing, I suppose, but I would not add the modifier "incredibly." The book is, however, graphic and detailed and delves into the more derang...
This was my first Palahniuk. I had heard that this book was incredibly disturbing and was, of course, intrigued. The book was disturbing, I suppose, but I would not add the modifier "incredibly." The book is, however, graphic and detailed and delves into the more deranged parts of the human mind. Although I had not read Palahniuk before, I have of course seen Fight Club, and I understand that Palahniuk takes extreme situations and explores human interactions and reactions within those situations. Haunted does this and takes it just one step beyond "the line."

The way I think of the book is as a warped reality tv show gone wrong. Imagine a group of people, psychologically messed up because of the realities inflicted upon them and because of the choices they have made. Lock them together in a building with no escape for three months and see what happens. It's like The Cube meets Saw. Palahniuk's characters are actually believable in their extreme behavior and those with weaker stomachs should refrain.

The format the book takes is relatively unique. The characters in the book are identified by nicknames that somehow represent how the author is warped. Each "chapter" includes a narrative, a poem, and a story. The narrative is told from the perspective of one of the individuals locked in the building -- though we are never quite sure which aspiring author is speaking. The narrative is followed by a poem "about" the aspiring author, which hints at something the author has experienced and sheds a little light on the nickname the author has received. The poem is then followed by a story written by the character that has been discussed in the preceding poem. The story explains the primary traumatic incident (or portion of that incident) that resulted in the author's warped personality and nickname.

I liked the format of the book and appreciated Palahniuk's timing. Some of the most intriguing (to me) characters' personalities and nicknames were revealed at the end of the book, which certainly kept me attached to the book -- even though it almost read more like a series of non-related short stories than a novel. In addition, although it was not immediate, I was eventually drawn into the narrative of the authors trapped in the building and felt invested in how it would all play out.

The writing was great, too. I suppose the reason I'm still rambling about this, somewhat incoherently, is because I recognize the good qualities of the book, cannot think of any particularly bad ones, but still was not blown away by the book. I expected to be more disturbed, more intrigued, more saddened, more anything... but mostly I was just reading without much emotion at all. It was certainly good enough to continue reading and good enough to casually recommend, but it made no strong lasting impressions on me.

Recommended for someone who likes gore and exploring the deranged ways in which humans can behave in extreme situations.

THREE AND A HALF out of five stars.

posted by avanders on November 17, 2010

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    Vile, Intriguing, Disgusting, Addicting.....

    I have to honestly say that I cannot recommend this book to anyone. I just finished it, and I don't know how I feel about it other than it is graphically disgusting. The only reason I mentioned "Addicting" in the title of this review is because the author kept you wanting to know more about the characters... what made them who they were... I do know this - these folks aren't people I ever EVER would want to meet. Actually, I've decided how I feel. At the end of the book, I came away empty, no satisfaction - ended up feeling right now that this book was written for shock value only. Again - not recommended especially to those faint of heart.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    a Chuck fan

    I was so disappointed with this book. It never was able to capture my full attention and I found myself anxious for the end. I read a lot of Chuck books and I usually love his offbeat style, but I got the impression that this was a collection of short stories he's written over time and he needed a way to bring them all together and sell them as one book. Highly lacking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    what happened?

    it seems as if the new novel is trying way too hard to be lots of things at once. i tried four different times to really get lost in the story and couldnt. what i want from chuck is the tense story line and direct prose of books past.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    Disappointment

    Was looking forward to this book after all the positive things I've heard. Was greatly disappointed with it. Some of the stories within the book were good but most were not. The overall plot is interesting but became very predictable and boring. Don't waste your time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    By far my LEAST favorite of his books

    I have read them all and while some are amazing, others are clearly contractual obligations rather than his best stuff. While his stuff always has a disturbing element, all this felt like was shock-jock writing more intent on making you embarrassed to read in public than to add to the story. There are flashes of the Palahniuk I know and love, but it is not one I'd read before you've grown to love his other stuff, because if you don't know it's not always so gratuitous it could totally turn you off to his stuff alltogether.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Boring

    Even with all the gore and general craziness, this was one of the most boring books I've read in a LONG time. I feel like I wasted my money on this snorefest. It tried so hard to be edgy, but the message was so poorly articulated I judt kept waiting for the big moment, the one where you say to yourself "Ah, I never thought of it that way! What an excellent point."

    I think Haunted was aiming to be the next cult classic-y sort of dark social commentary sort of novel, but it wasn't nearly smart enough - like the irritating goth kid who sits in the back of the English Honors class and snarks because he's so much smarter than everyone else because he's read Vonnegut (his FAVORITE writer, you probably haven't heard of him though).

    In other words, a lame, half-baked attempt at cultural insight.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Disappointed

    I was not very impressed with the stories at all. I was expecting them to be more scary then they were. Overall it was ok.

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